According to the reports, The United Kingdom, Germany and Italy reported cases of the new variant of COVID-19 ‘Omicron’.
As per the British health minister Sajid Javid said that the 2 linked cases of Omicron detected in Britain were connected to travel to southern Africa.
The British PM Boris Johnson laid out measures that included stricter testing rules for people arriving in the country but that stopped short of curbs on social activity other than requiring mask wearing in some settings.
Boris Johnson told a news conference that “We will require anyone who enters the UK to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and to self-isolate until they have a negative result,”
He further said that people who had come into contact with people testing positive for a suspected case of Omicron would have to self-quarantine for 10 days and the government would tighten the rules on wearing face coverings, added that the steps would be reviewed in 3 weeks.
The health ministry in the German state of Bavaria also announced 2 confirmed cases of the Omicron.
The Health Ministery said that the 2 people entered Germany at Munich airport on November, 24, before Germany designated South Africa as a virus-variant area, and were now isolating.
The National Health Institute of Italy said in a statement that a case of the Omicron had been detected in Milan in a person coming from Mozambique.
The health authorities in Czech also said they were examining a suspected case of the new variant of COVID-19 in a person who spent time in Namibia.
It must be noted that Omicron, dubbed a “variant of concern” by the WHO, is potentially more contagious than previous variants of the disease, although experts do not know yet if it will cause more or less severe coronavirus compared to other strains.
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